Rangers Assign Kreider To Whale

Friday was an off-day for the Rangers, but the team still was taking care of business, assigning rookie winger Chris Kreider to the Connecticut Whale. 

The 21 year-old Kreider was a healthy scratch Thursday night after playing in four straight games upon his return from a chipped bone in his ankle which cost him five games. All told Kreider has appeared in seven games with the Rangers this season with one goal, one assist, two points, and a +2 plus/minus rating.

Kreider scored his first NHL regular season goal on February 5th against New Jersey's Martin Brodeur. He assisted on J.T. Miller's first NHL goal two nights later in a 4-1 win over the Islanders.

The Rangers first round selection in the 2009 draft, Kreider began his first pro season with the Whale earlier this year appearing in 33 games and posting five goals and 12 points.

Miller, the Rangers top pick in 2011, remains on the Rangers NHL roster, at least for now. There has been speculation about his immediate future since he has played five games already in the NHL and since he played a season-low 9:41 during last night's 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders. Miller has scored two goals and is a +2 in his first five games with the Blueshirts.

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